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  • Fifty Shades Darker

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (212)

    Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist.

    Natalie says: "Oh Boring...."
    "High Expectations..."
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I did read the last book in the series hoping that the story would improve but I was disappointed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The first book had an interesting story line and a good twist but I felt like the second (and third) lacked imagination and even became boring at times. It seems like E.L. James ran out of ideas and instead wrote something akin to a Mills & Boon novel.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Her pronunciation of particular words left a lot to be desired and her attempt at male voices was sometimes horrifying.


    Could you see Fifty Shades Darker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I think it would be mediocre compared to a movie version of the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the first book and skip the rest.

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  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1287)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Blackout Whitewashes the Competition"
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    Where does Blackout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed Blackout and definitely rank it in the top 5 audiobooks I have listened to so far.
    I was pleasantly surprised by this book because I am not the biggest fan of science fiction novels. Although this book uses time travel, it does so in a way which enhances the story line and you see the war from the viewpoint of someone from a generation much like our own.
    This book brings the civilians of the 1940's to life and makes you feel like you are walking the burning streets of London with them. It helps you imagine what it must have been like to have to survive on rations, live in bomb shelters and be grateful that they have just found penicillin!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackout?

    The battle of Dunkirk was one of my highlights. I had no idea how involved the civilian population was in the evacuation.


    What does Katherine Kellgren and Connie Willis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Katherine Kellgren is a wonderful narrator and I think the various British (& American) characters she manages to bring to life with her wonderful accents added a wonderful dimension to the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has made me want to read up on WWII and I must admit that I have been telling everyone I meet about all the interesting details which Connie Willis has managed to dig up (after many many hours of research I'm sure!).


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